Wallkill Valley FBLA takes first at conference

Hamburg. Nineteen members of Wallkill Valley Regional High School's Future Business Leaders of America went to San Antonio for a national conference.


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  • Members of the Wallkill Valley Regional High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the 2019 FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, from June 27-July 3.




  • Wallkill Valley FBLA member Hannah Sekelsky walks across the stage at the 2019 FBLA National Leadership Conference to accept the 1st Place Award for the school that raised the most money in the Nation for the benefit of the March of Dimes.




Nineteen members of the Wallkill Valley Regional High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the 2019 FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, from June 27-July 3.

Members participated in various motivational general sessions and workshops in order to develop their leadership skills. Wallkill Valley FBLA placed first in the Nation for the chapter that donated the most money to the March of Dimes. Members hosted Super Night 2018 last November and raised $15,710. Harshil Bhavsar was recognized for 200 hours of community service; and Garett Koch contributed 500+ community service hours. Both members were honored for their Community Service Achievement at the recent Wallkill Valley Installation Dinner. Koch participated in the Parade of States as New Jersey’s Who’s Who in FBLA.

The Wallkill Valley chapter was named an Outstanding Chapter and received the following awards in recognition and appreciation of the chapter’s active participation in programs and projects advancing the goals of FBLA-PBL: 2019 Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter, Chapter Challenge, Super Sweeps, Action Awareness, and Non-Stop November.

The following Wallkill Valley FBLA members had outstanding performances in individual and team events and rank in the top 100 in the Nation in their respective events: American Enterprise Project – Danielle Fetzner, Madison Gunderman; Community Service Project – Zachery Dora, John Spadora; Introduction to FBLA – Jack Lally; Job Interview – Emma McGuire; and Partnership with Business – Annalisa Caldera, Renee Rizzo. The Publication Design team of Harshil Bhavsar and Riley Cunniffe advanced to the second round of competition; and the team ranks in the top 16 in the Nation.

Koch concluded his term as the 2018-2019 FBLA Eastern Region Vice President.

Students were able to take in some sightseeing, including the Alamo, San Antonio Riverwalk, Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, Williamson City Sheriff’s Posse Pro Rodeo, and the Tower of Americas. Over 13,000 members and advisers attended the conference from across the country, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, China, and Europe.



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